Even Bollywood gurus were less than hopeful that the film would register healthy footfall upon its eventual release amid the fear of violence. According to the collections report, Padmaavat managed to cross 20 crores on day 1 and has successfully incurred 50 crores by day 2. Trade is of the opinion that had there been no commotion, the first day numbers could have been more than Rs 30 crore. "If the film doesn't release in the three or four states where it is banned, it will remain at Rs 240 crore or Rs 250 crore", he added.
The controversial movie Padmaavat was released in cinema halls across India on 25 January, but two BJP-governed states namely Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh did not screen the film despite the Supreme Court's order. Trade analyst Taran Adarsh tweeted, "Despite challenges and extremely limited preview shows [which commenced in evening], #Padmaavat collects ₹ 5 cr in previews screenings on Wednesday". This was followed by 19 crore on Thursday and now on Friday, the film has collected 30 crore* more.
Although the Karni Sena is still not backing down, audiences have made a decision to watch Bhansali's much-awaited movie. What I think some edit was sure shot happened with the film.
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Critics and audiences have approved of the performances of the film's leading actors, and and the captivating visuals of the epic story.